With news of the latest decision to revoke a doctor’s license for indiscriminate prescribing of opioids, Sharon Worosilo, MD questioned the disparity in the way certain cases are handled. Over the weekend, this story was posted over at the patch:
A Perth Amboy doctor had his license to practice medicine permanently revoked by the state after investigators said that during a one-year period he prescribed patients more than 150,000 units of the powerful opioid painkiller OxyContin, exceeding recommended daily morphine levels in 80 percent of those prescriptions.
Dr. Eddie Gamao has been permanently barred from practicing medicine in the state of New Jersey. He voluntarily agreed with the state’s consent order to revoke his license.
He was a general practitioner in Piscataway. The state Board of Medical Examiners said he indiscriminately prescribed highly addictive opioid painkillers, in excessive amounts and dosages, to his patients between February 2017 and February 2018.
While Sharon Worosilo, MD applauds any efforts to stop indiscriminate prescribing of opioids, she questioned why the Board has not responded to police reports and complaints filed against Dr. Jennifer Yanow for claims made about her indiscriminate prescribing. Sharon Worosilo, MD first reported Yanow in the fall of 2017, however no action has been taken and she has continued to prescribe opioids. Instead of taking action against Yanow, Sharon Worosilo, MD has faced baseless attacks to her reputation and attempted bullying efforts where action had to be taken:
The fact is, Sharon Worosilo, M.D. has spent her life earning a reputation as a highly respected, decorated and recognized doctor. She dedicated her life to helping patients, the government when needed and trying to ensure doctors exhaust all possible treatment options before prescribing opioids for pain relief. She is simply trying to set the record straight, uphold the oath she has taken and report people who are violating their oath by indiscriminately prescribing opioids.